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Ackerman T. Houston Chronicle. November 23, 2012.
This newspaper article describes challenges that may precipitate underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis of Alzheimer disease and conditions with similar presenting symptoms.
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Effect of warning symbols in combination with education on the frequency of erroneously crushing medication in nursing homes: an uncontrolled before and after study.
van Welie S, Wijma L, Beerden T, van Doormaal J, Taxis K. BMJ Open. 2016;6:e012286.
Not all pill-form medications can be safely crushed to administer to patients who have difficulty swallowing. In this before and after intervention study in a nursing home, adding warning symbols and educating staff about crushing medications led to a decrease in pill-crushing errors. The authors conclude that education and warnings enhanced this aspect of medication safety.
Schulte F, Lucas E, Mahr J. Kaiser Health News and Chicago Tribune. September 5, 2018.
Sepsis is a serious condition that can be fatal if it is not promptly diagnosed and treated. This news article reports on systemic factors in nursing homes such as poor staffing and communication with families that contribute to unmanaged pressure ulcers and sepsis that result in hospital admissions and death. A WebM&M commentary discussed a case involving a patient who had a pressure ulcer and sepsis in long-term care.